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Microsoft Q2 2015 earnings: Xbox down, Surface & Lumia up

Microsoft has released their Q2 2015 earning report, which show the company had $26.5 billion in revenue with $5.8 billion in net income. That’s an 8% uptick in revenue over last year, but an even greater loss in income (10%). Part of that has to do with their purchase of Nokia, for which Microsoft is claiming $243 million in “integration ans … Continue reading

Microsoft HoloLens release soon: spark for a platform

Detailing the inner bits of Microsoft HoloLens isn’t going to be especially easy in the next few weeks. Not unless Microsoft makes a big showing during GDC 2015. But what we’ve found out since we first (officially) heard about Windows Holographic from Microsoft this week is that the final product may be closer than we originally suspected. While NASA’s JPL … Continue reading

Windows 10 update available for download now for Insiders

Those of you waiting to roll with Cortana’s desktop bits in Windows 10 won’t have to wait much longer. In fact – if you’re up for it – you’re going to be able to update your PC right this minute. Supposing you’re a member of the Windows Insider Program. To make this happen with Build 9926, all you’ll need to … Continue reading

Microsoft confuses on Windows 10 phone upgrades

First came the good news: Windows 10 would be a free upgrade; now comes the small print, that not everybody is going to be eligible. After Microsoft surprised Windows fans earlier this week with the promise that not only would those running Windows 8 get an upgrade to the latest OS, but those on Windows 7 too, some of the … Continue reading

Windows RT to get parts of Windows 10 only

Not all Windows are created equal, no matter how much Microsoft tries to convince you otherwise with its Windows 10 spiel. Just yesterday the tech giant was singing the unifying gospel of Windows 10 across all Microsoft’s devices, even including the Xbox game system. But now it is clarifying it just a bit that no, not everyone will be getting … Continue reading

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HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Review

The HP ElitePad 1000 is a tablet built for business. Working with a 64-bit Intel Atom processor under the hood, Windows 8.1 up front, and both TPM 1.2 and HP Bios protection throughout, this unit is a true contender for the finest business world-oriented slate on the market today. With MIL-STD 810G testing approval (that’s Military Standard testing for ruggedness), … Continue reading

Microsoft Band review: Flawed promise

The Microsoft Band breaks no ground in wearables, but Microsoft is hoping their submission can at least make you want to own one. The do-it-all wearable has an exhaustive list of features, and carries them across the mobile platform landscape. The aim, it seems, is to let you keep your phone in your pocket and rely almost entirely on your … Continue reading

Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro Review

Finally, a truly great Windows laptop. Lenovo’s YOGA 3 Pro is thin, yet robust. It’s powerful enough to handle tasks like video processing and light gaming, yet its battery life is optimized to such a degree that I’m able to use it like I would my main work notebook. The Lenogo YOGA 3 Pro transforms between a notebook, a touch … Continue reading

Sunset Overdrive Review: The Awesome-pocalypse is opon us

Over the past week and a half we’ve been playing Sunset Overdrive, a game exclusive to Xbox One and entirely unique in its look, gameplay, and next-level splattering of pop culture references. Sunset Overdrive places you in the customizable body of an apocalypse survivor. But this isn’t any normal apocalypse. As one NPCs suggests, this is the Awesome-pocalypse. This game … Continue reading

Nokia Lumia 530 Review

When we posted our review of the Nokia Lumia 520 and subsequently the Lumia 521 for T-Mobile, it wasn’t yet entirely clear the impact they’d have on the Windows Phone universe. Now that we know that Nokia’s efforts allowed it to dominate the Windows Phone universe, we can see how important it is that the brand was able to create … Continue reading

Alienware x51 R2 Review with AMD Radeon R9 270b

Here in the late Summer of 2014 we’re having a look at a gaming PC from Alienware that’s continuing to aim for console-beating power after nearly a year out in the wild. This review isn’t like most SlashGear reviews where we review a product early – sometimes before it’s on the market. Instead we’re taking a quick look at how … Continue reading


Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen hands-on: any object a stylus

This week we’re having a look at a whole bunch of Lenovo devices at CES 2015, one of the strangest being this Yoga Tablet 2. This device has an 8-inch display, Windows 8.1, and the ability to work with any metal object as a stylus pen. This device works with the same basic hardware as the Yoga Tablet 2 series … Continue reading

Panasonic Toughpad 5 hands-on: no smartphone more rugged

Whilst checking out the slimmest and sleekest smartphones in the world this week at Mobile World Congress 2014, Panasonic dropped a beast on us. The Panasonic Toughpad 5 is a device that Panasonic is hesitant to classify as a phone. Like the rest of their range of devices with the brand name Toughpad, this machine is resistant to the wandering … Continue reading

Nokia XL hands-on

This week Nokia revealed their long-awaited Android smartphone in the Nokia X – and surprised us with a Nokia XL as well. This device roll with the same quality build as the X with a few modifications. Here with a 5-inch display instead of the smaller 4, Nokia brings on Android under their own unique user interface in a Lumia-looking … Continue reading

Microsoft, Nokia & Android: The Oddest of Bedfellows

There’s no small amount of irony in Microsoft, locked in a fierce battle to claw smartphone market share from Google, buying Nokia and getting a brand new Android handset in the bargain. The Nokia X – in fact the first of a family of Android-based devices – is slipping out to market just ahead of Microsoft’s acquisition closing, but you … Continue reading

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